Letter from the Director - April 8, 2022

Dear Special Education Parents/Guardians:

 

I am hoping that you are all doing well. Before we break for spring recess, I wanted to share with you some of the updates in New Jersey Special Education law as it pertains to our district.

 

As I had mentioned at the last SEPAC meeting, the governor approved P.L.2022, c.2, previously known as Bill S-905. The primary purpose of this bill was to extend the period of time for filing a special education due process petition related to COVID-19 school closures and periods of virtual, remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction from March 18, 2020 to September 1, 2021. It was originally decided that the statute of limitations for filing was going to be March 18, 2022, the State has now extended the period of time to September 1, 2023. In addition to extending the period of time, it also mandates every district hold an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting no later than December 31, 2022 and to document the purpose of said meeting to “discuss the need for compensatory education and services for every student with disability who has or had an IEP at any time between March 18, 2020 and September 1, 2021.” 

 

Moving forward, all invitations to an Annual Review from April 25, 2022 to December 31, 2022, will indicate the purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the need for compensatory education and services as per P.L.2022, c.2. For those whose IEP meetings were held from January 1 to April 22, 2022, you will receive an invitation to attend an additional IEP meeting to document the discussion, and if needed the duration, frequency and setting of said services.

 

Our next SEPAC meeting will be held on April 26, 2022 at 6:00, I will be speaking more about this topic at that meeting, as I am expecting more guidance to come from the state. I look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, enjoy your needed break and I look forward to talking with you soon.

 

Sincerely, 

Kevin J. O’Leary

Director of Special Services

Hackettstown School District